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in case you missed it – the nine cards and 13 sins edition

December 20, 2010

In case you missed it – Real Madrid vs. Sevilla [2010-12-19].

Well, that was an interesting game, no?  Too many cards and not enough football.  I don’t want to go into technical details, but wow, you could really note the absence of Xabi Alonso.  The team’s just not as imaginative, creative or fresh without him, which is worrying.  We didn’t play good football, but at least we won, ending the 2010 part of the season on a good note.

One. What a sublime goal from Ángel di María to win the game for Madrid.  The celebration following was pretty great as well.

Poor Iker had to celebrate by himself, while Álvaro Arbeloa amused himself by rubbing Granero’s head and pulling on Sergio’s hair.  I wish I had that privilege.

Two. Xabi and his posing were sorely missed.

Three. The only good thing about all the little scuffles and showing of yellow cards was that our players stood up for each other.

When Ángel was about to get into it with Palop, Cristiano stepped forward to defend his teammate and play peacemaker.

He did the same when Özil got carded for wasting time, and Arbeloa and Granero subsequently complained on behalf of Mesut as well.

More sticking up for teammates.  It seemed like one-fourth of the game consisted of players writhing around on the ground, one-fourth of players getting carded, one-fourth of players shoving each other around, and only one-fourth was the players actually playing.

And yay for Iker acting like a captain!

Four. Clos Gómez, the referee for this game, was the big star of the game.  He handed out nine yellows to Madrid, including one to Iker, who said after the game that he was only trying prevent his teammates from approaching the referee and that the referee “did not measure up to the standard required.”  Pedro León was disgusted by Clos Gómez, saying, “he lost control of the game bit by bit and I think one has to speak more with the players and not be so arrogant.”  And Álvaro Arbeloa described “some” referees as wanting to come to the Bernabéu to “make themselves heroes or to show that by expelling someone from Madrid that they’re the best.  I’m not sure, but I have a feeling that they come here to show off.  We want them to be just and nothing more.”

And Mesut left us this gem on his alleged twitter.  Real Madrid 1-0 referee and Sevilla.

Clos Gómez also expelled Silvino de Almeida Louro, the goalkeeping coach, at the half, along with Sevilla’s delegate Cristobal Soria Ruiz.  According to the postgame report, these two had gotten into a tussle at the entrance of the tunnel right after the first half ended (Sevilla assistant coach Gonzalo Hurtado was also involved).  This little scuffle led to Madrid’s delegate, Agustín Herrerín, falling to the ground.  Soria had taunted Madrid by doing the gesture of the manita towards the bench.  Also of note:  Silvino Louro has no place on the bench, because he’s the goalkeeping coach.  However, Madrid inscribed him as a “health assistant” so that he would be able to sit on the bench during games.

The jawing started before the half, and in the end, Pedro León, Aitor Karanka, Antonio Adán and Esteban Granero all helped to restrain Louro.

Five. Cute moments.  The traditional beso between Sergio and Iker prior to the game, and Iker conducting his team.

Pepe continues to show that he’s the canteranos‘ biggest cheerleader, and Sergio once again auditioned for Baywatch.

Six. Not to be left out, Sami Khedira showed off his best Blue Steel and Ferrari looks.

Seven. Cristiano has a great body and skills.  Look at that control!

Eight. Before the game, there were four goals in the Bernabéu.  Apparently, the team had two extra goals brought in and put near the corners for the goalkeepers to warm up in, in order to preserve the field in front of the actual goals.

Nine. I absolutely loved  these moments of Diarra complaining to the fourth official.  Look at the official’s reaction, he’s like, yes, yes I hear you, now shut up.  But Mahamadou still believed that he didn’t get the point.

Ten. Front and back.™

Well, only back here.  And lots of it.

Álvaro Arbeloa.

Karim Benzema.

Cristiano.

Ángel di María.

El Pirata.

El capitán.

Bambi.

Peter Lion.

El Indio de Camas.

Eleven. Before the game, Iker presented his World Cup Golden Glove award to the public.  Of note:  he was applauded by the Bernabéu and his teammates, including Cristiano Ronaldo.

Iker started off the game with a long-sleeved jersey, then changed at the half to emerge for the second half with short sleeves.  Also gone at the half were his tights.

Twelve. Mou used a lot of messengers on Sunday night, and constantly gave directions.

He related instructions to Pepe, who subsequently went to give them to Arbeloa.

And Antonio Adán was seen giving Mou’s instructions to Iker at one point during the game after Carvalho was expelled.  It of course brought to mind Amsterdam.  Will Pacheco be next?

Thirteen. The one and only José Mourinho.

Easily the most entertaining part of the game came after it, when José Mourinho appeared in the press room.  He said some fun things, including:

I wouldn’t have paid one euro to watch this game.  If I were at home, I would have changed the channel to watch a Vietnamese football game.

I love it!  And I also agree completely with what he said next.

He also had in his hand a list of the “13 errors” made by Clos Gómez, which had been prepared for him by the club (by ex-referee Carlos Megía Dávila, who has worked for the club for the past two years).  But instead of reading out the list (“if I read the list out loud, I won’t be on the bench for the next game and I want to be with my team”), Mou complained about the club putting this “bomb” in his hand and expecting him to be the only one to publicly complain about the performance of the referee and defend his team:  “I want everyone to to defend my team, not only me.”  He then revealed that he was going to ask for a meeting with FP to talk about this lack of support and their differences of opinions because “it’s easy to hide behind the coach.”

He also asked for a bit more passion from the public (the Bernabéu started booing their own team from the 25th minute on, after giving them time to prove themselves.  And when Madrid failed, the booing started).

Here’s the list of the “13 sins.”

1.  Minute 9 – Kondo fouls Di María, it should have been a yellow.  Error.

2.  Minute 14 – called an offside on Özil.  It wasn’t.  Error.

3.  Minute 20 – called an offside on Benzema.  It wasn’t.  Error.

4.  Minute 24 – Zokora fouls Khedira, it should have been a yellow.  Error.

5.  Minute 25 – Cristiano fouled, no whistle.  Error.

6.  Minute 34 – Offside of Sevilla that wasn’t called.  Error.

7.  Minute 39 – Özil fouled, no whistle.  Error.

8.  Minute 43 – called an offside on Di María.  It wasn’t.  Error.

9.  Minute 45 – only allowed one minute of extra time, when there had been more time lost.  Error.

10.  Minute 47 – called an offside on Özil.  It wasn’t.  Error.

11.  Minute 64 – second yellow card for Carvalho for colliding heads with Negredo.  Error.

12.  Minute 69 – uncalled penalty for action of Escudé on Granero.  Error.

13.  Minute 78 – yellow card for Özil for wasting time during the substitution.  The time wasting incidents of Sevilla were not punished.  Error.

Cards:  Real Madrid 9, Sevilla 3.

Fourteen. Kaká was watching the game from a palco with his wife and son.

Fifteen. Looking ahead:  Pepe and Carvalho will both miss the next Liga game, Jan. 2 against Getafe, the former for picking up his fifth yellow in the game for protesting, and the latter for getting expelled after picking up two yellows against Sevilla.

The annual Christmas lunch with the board, the football team and the basketball team will be today, and after that, the players will spread out to hospitals throughout the city to hand out presents.

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64 Comments leave one →
  1. Pammie permalink
    December 20, 2010 14:13

    thanks for the great in case you missed it!

    “and after that, the players will spread out to hospitals throughout the city to hand out presents.”
    aaaw. They are the best.

  2. Ebrahim permalink
    December 20, 2010 14:28

    “if I read the list out loud, I won’t be on the bench for the next game and I want to be with my team” hahahahahahahahahahaha

  3. gabriela permalink
    December 20, 2010 14:32

    wasn’t that Ozil twitter account fake?

    • December 20, 2010 14:37

      I’m not sure, but in any case it’s funny!

    • HermosaChica permalink
      December 20, 2010 16:59

      Yeah, since when did Ozil have a twitter account?! Someone should ask Alvaro to verify this impostor, ’cause if it was legit, he’d be the first to follow him!

      • Deb permalink
        December 21, 2010 21:04

        no response from Arbeloa yet :\

    • Lulja permalink
      December 20, 2010 18:49

      Yeah, his Twitter seems pretty fake – he does have an official Facebook, though:
      http://www.facebook.com/mesutoezil?ref=ts

      Well, he mostly posts in German. If anyone wants translations, just reply!

      I did miss this match, but thanks to Mou I’m not that sad anymore ;).
      The ICYMI is still epic. Especially the little fights!
      Btw, why does ‘ICYMI’ always remind me of ‘HIMYM’ (How I Met Your Mother – TV Series)? 😛

    • LaBlanca permalink
      December 20, 2010 19:35

      as kind of confirmed the account today

      • December 21, 2010 02:22

        They didn’t confirm it at all, they just didn’t care that it’s fake, for some reason. It makes me mad that now even more people will believe that the account is legit. Shame on AS.

  4. Guilherme permalink
    December 20, 2010 14:35

    Arbeloa looks so f** hot when pepe is talking to him, jeez.

  5. December 20, 2010 14:38

    Oh, so many gifs, I am waiting for my computer to load them LOL

    Thanks UnaMadritista, another great edition of ICYMI!!!!! I agree about the absence of Xabi, The Father was missed;-)

    I might come back with some comments after the gifs are loaded, but it is also possible that I will be speechless and breathless after I see them! LOL

    PS the phase of not calling Sergio Sexio which I had after Puyol-slapping incident in El Clasico is DEFINITELY OVER. Sexio is being Sexio!

  6. faith permalink
    December 20, 2010 14:39

    Sami “…ok go it .. Pass to Angel then hands to hips”
    Xabi “Good, then look to the cameras and think Supermodel thoughts.”
    Sami “Aw Boss, why can’t Lass do that? I’m too shy…”
    Xabi “Now, Sami, this is a way for you to really integrate with the team and uphold the traditions UnaMadridista and her readers hold dear. I’m counting on you. Now practice staring in the middle distance and steel your jaw line. Come on…”

    Uffft Arbeloa is right about the refs. I think they feel that Madrid’s opponents need their help to even out the game. That is not what being just means people!!

  7. December 20, 2010 14:51

    the stadium was either quiet as a library or full of boos. in the whole of spain, the bernabeu is the least intimidating stadium to play at because the crowd is quiet besides the ultras behind the goal. also the thing about mou and flo, maybe mourinho wants the club to do everything 100 percent his way without the input of the heads upstairs. I feel thats how we lost against barca so badly because it seemed like the team where playing in away totally unlike mourinho. florentino probably told mourinho to play offensive football when they should have played a more defensive counter attack like inter did.

    • mumblo permalink
      December 20, 2010 15:55

      The booing is something I’m still trying to understand. I’m of the opinion that applauding, cheering, singing, etc. are not only for approval but also for encouragement. When a team is struggling, that type of encouragement could make the difference. I keep reminding myself that this is happening in a different country and different culture than mine, but I still can’t see how it’s helpful to the players.

      • Margie permalink
        December 21, 2010 03:13

        Yes, how can the people that boo be fans? Personally I would only boo if I felt hatred towards a player, and if you feel hatred towards your own players you are not a fan.

      • DebS permalink
        December 21, 2010 05:45

        same here. Now the booing and whistling against the ref or the other team, that I can understand but against your own team?!

        I’m still trying to get used the the whistling in general. For some strange reason, it makes me laugh…as if the 40,000+ people can’t be loud enough with just their voices. lol

      • cisarovna permalink
        December 21, 2010 06:09

        Maybe they were all Yankees fans giving the Bronx Cheer.

  8. Jami permalink
    December 20, 2010 14:56

    I hope the team gets better.

  9. Kristine permalink
    December 20, 2010 14:58

    I got stuck on Arbeloa tugging on Sergios hair….

  10. December 20, 2010 15:03

    Lovely post! Thanks so.

    Maybe some kids should visit all the Real Madrid players in the ‘hospital’ since so many are injured, they are suspended now, and they all writhed on the floor in agony. And they must be feeling pretty sad after this game. They need help. 😐

  11. December 20, 2010 15:07

    Oh man, this game was just all sorts of lulzy antics, and your blog summarizes it nicely. The gifs are an added plus because now I can rewatch Sergio being Sergio over and over again, and Mourinho relaying his secrets to his team (which ngl, just looks super seductive). Love the post-game responses too.

    Thanks for translating and summarizing the game 🙂

  12. Kat permalink
    December 20, 2010 15:16

    “I wouldn’t have paid one euro to watch this game. If I were at home, I would have changed the channel to watch a Vietnamese football game.”

    JM’s post-match interview could be his best yet, and that’s saying a lot of The Special One. He’s just too awesome. And right, which, let’s face it, isn’t always the case.

    And that red card for Carvalho was just ridiculous.

    http://dontaskmetosmile.wordpress.com

  13. Sara permalink
    December 20, 2010 15:25

    I love conducting Iker and the usual kiss of the captains. Mahamadou complaining to the linesman made me laugh during the game. And I loved Cris sticking up for Özil . Ángel di María is really an angel, that was a wonderful goal – extremely important too.

    This game got on my nerves and that ref is really a peice of ****.
    I love everything that Mou said except the digs at Valdano- don’t like washing dirty laundry in public. I hope everything is sorted out before the break.

    Una, what is your opinion about the ’13 errors’ paper? I don’t like it, I think preparing such a paper makes the club look like a crying baby, Mou can handle himself without such a paper and if he wants support from the club then he should get it but in a different way because the day in which the ref favors us, the other clubs can also bring out a paper like this.

    • December 20, 2010 22:41

      Well it made for good dramatics but I agree, it did make Madrid look like a sore loser (since they barely won the game) and I rather this not be handled publicly. I can believe that the club insisted and insisted that Mou go down the list during the press conference.

  14. Beatriz permalink
    December 20, 2010 15:26

    where can I find pictures of Kaka watching the game?

    Thanks! I love your ICYMI posts

  15. Andrea permalink
    December 20, 2010 15:30

    Great post, Una. After the game I kept trying to guess what this ICYMI would be called…I was hoping for “the Bambi gets carded edition”. But I like yours too 🙂

  16. amouria permalink
    December 20, 2010 16:07

    How to thank you Una, for such great job? especially bringing in the details of Mou’s press conference. I love the way messages went out, especially the one to Karnaka,…hahah. He was like shaking him to understand that the matter is urgent. I assume that he was asking him to print out the 13 errors in decent way on RM page. But Mou never stopped amusing me by him affection, love and acre for his players (he says that they are great, although all of us know that they were…very bad)….
    Una, again, lovely job, thanks a lot…

  17. DebS permalink
    December 20, 2010 16:11

    Those refs were ridiculous! The best was when he gave Sergio a yellow when he was the one trying to keep the peace.

    Thanks for the pic of Iker celebrating. for some reason they forget to show that on tv *rolls eyes*

    DiMaria’s face after he scored was priceless. It looked like he was totally shocked that he scored. That was a great goal by the way. Funny…Tommy Smith (commentator) was just saying how DiMaria hadn’t really shown up in the game and then he scores. Too bad he hadn’t said that earlier in the game! lol

    I too was thinking how they really missed Xabi. It just seemed that the vision/creativity on the field was missing. Their passing wasn’t the best either. I do think that Diarra has played better than at the beginning of the season but he had mighty big shoes to fill yesterday.

    Una, maybe you can clear this up for me. Tommy Smith (commentator) said that Sergio sat the last game out because Mourinho wasn’t happy about the Barca incident. I thought he sat out because of the red card he got in the Barca game, since it was a straight red…or did he only have to sit out one game for that red?

    And our dear Bambi seems to be getting a little sass to him lately, no? Glad to see that he’s sticking up for himself a little more. 😉

    Overall, I was proud of the guys for plugging away inspite of the refs. They got the 3 pts and that’s what counts. Although if I have to hear one more comment about the thrashing at Barca, I think I’ll scream! oy!

    • December 20, 2010 22:48

      You mean the Zaragoza game? Sergio served his suspension during the Valencia game, and he was out (officially) with an ankle injury for the Zaragoza game. However, since he seemed to have made a miraculous recovery in a record amount of time…

      • DebS permalink
        December 21, 2010 05:53

        Yes, the game against Zaragoza. Okay, I was thinking that if it was a straight red they had to miss more than one game but if it was the result of 2 yellows, they only had to sit out one. I’ve a lot to learn! lol

        Ahhh…now the ankle injury (and miraculous recovery) makes sense. Something just didn’t seem right about the whole thing but I didn’t think it was “quite” as fishy when I thought he HAD to sit out against Zaragoza.

  18. December 20, 2010 16:21

    Something else that bothered me other than the referee was the goalkeeping coach. Of course he didn’t push Agustín Herrerín on purpose but he should have been immediately concerned for him and apologize to him. The man is more than 70 years old and I don’t remember anyone else as our camp delegate, he must have served the club for many years. Not nice to see that at all..

  19. mickymacky permalink
    December 20, 2010 16:58

    i gotta download this match if for no other reason than to see for meself the rain of yellow cards… euughh and here i thought webb and atkinson were bad 😦

    mou — as always, what a character!

    another entertaining recap, una! thanks 🙂

    the bit about iker celebrating alone… that little area between the posts really is the loneliest place in the field.
    i would love to know the one-sided conversations goalies like iker conjure up just to pass the time… do they argue with an imaginary adversary? tell themselves lame jokes? sing? make a silent fashion commentary on the fans by the stands? (though of course for iker to do that is just… misplaced).

    btw, nice bedhead he got there lol…

  20. Nora permalink
    December 20, 2010 17:25

    The entire time I was watching the game, I was thinking that I couldn’t wait to see what you would post as I couldn’t watch it in English and didn’t understand most of it as the commentators speak so quickly. I’m glad you covered the tussle by the tunnel because we saw it happen but then no one said anything.

    Your blog is excellent Una. Thank you so much for covering all of this! Now to stare at more pictures and gifs and drool.

  21. Zee permalink
    December 20, 2010 18:13

    ” Sergio once again auditioned for Baywatch.” –> LOL

    great post una! lo que es un partido dramático.. but we won! 🙂
    was hoping Karim can treat himself a birthday present by scoring a goal but to bad he couldn’t make it. no worries Benzema you’ll get it next time! Happy Birthday Karim and Hala Madrid!!

    ps: yeah heard that Ozil’s twitter account is fake but either way still funny tho

  22. HermosaChica permalink
    December 20, 2010 19:11

    I love how Cris accompanied Ozil off the pitch like his big bro!

    Haha, it’s great how you used nicknames for most of the candidates comprising the Front and Back section. It makes it seem like we’re part of their big gang of buddies (I wish!).
    And as usual, Sexio has the best “back” photo; a great comeback, no?

    Lol, Iker cupped Adan’s head like he was thrusting a gigantic seashell against his ear.

    Despite this ICYMI edition being *almost* back to typical fashion (damn it, we need Mr. Classy back), the match itself wasn’t one of the better ones we’ve seen this season. Well, here’s to an even more promising second half!

  23. LaBlanca permalink
    December 20, 2010 19:37

    very complete summary. You wouldnt have missed anything by not watching the game but just reading this. Even more entertaining here than at the Bernabeu yesterday.

    Love it! Thanx a load Una!

  24. Lily Montella permalink
    December 20, 2010 19:46

    I hope Higuain comes back soon and the squad become strong again

    Im looking back to those weeks we were ahead of barca and we were winning all our games 5-0 or 6-2

  25. Vigdis permalink
    December 20, 2010 19:48

    What does El Indio de Camas meen, and why is Sergio called that? :p

    • December 20, 2010 22:43

      The Indian of Camas (Camas is his hometown). Pepe Reina gave him this nickname (or at least made it publicly known).

  26. Kai permalink
    December 20, 2010 19:59

    Jeez. That was a brawl. I love that their #4 keeps having to stop his players from doing stupid things.

    Look at the pictures after “And yay for Iker acting like a captain”

    BTW, amazing post as usual.

  27. Michelle permalink
    December 20, 2010 20:04

    I’m far from being a Madridista, rabid or otherwise, but that was kind of a ridiculous match (and also awful to watch; 2 hours of my life I wish I could have back). The refereeing was unmitigated rubbish, I couldn’t understand all the cards being given out for no reason whatsoever, AND all to one side? It certainly didn’t LOOK that one-sided to me! And I’m a neutral!

    Xabi Alonso, much like Sergio Busquets, is a player that you don’t so much notice when he’s there as acutely feel his absence when he’s gone. Especially from the Pose Section! I’m glad he’s back soon. (And the RM midfield will be too. The passing yesterday was… shit.)

    In other news, I never knew Peter Lion had such a fine behind! And such fluffy hair. (I think at one point Di Maria was writhing on the ground, Sergio was getting properly stuck into the argument, and Pedro Leon was standing on the sidelines fluffing his hair… I was amused.)

    Mou’s tirade was… interesting? I won’t say more because I don’t know too much, but I wonder if / how this will play out between him & Valdano over time…

    At the end of the day, this is 3 points that you could EASILY have dropped, but you got them, so cause for celebration all in all, yeah?

  28. Ange permalink
    December 20, 2010 20:11

    OOOOHHHHH!!!! THANK GOD YOU POSTED THIS UP!!!! I SWEAR LAST NITE … THE REF …BETTER BE GLAD I DON’T LIVE IN SPAIN… & I WASN’T IN THAT STADIUM…CAUSE I PROBABLY WOULD HAVE GONE DOWN THEIR AND SLAP HIM… I WOULD SAY A FEW BAD WORDS BUT I WONT…BUT I ASK MYSELF THIS… DOES HE KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT FOOTBALL??? CAUSE LAST NITE THAT WAS PATHETIC…POOR EXCUSE FOR A REF…IT LOOK LIKE HE TOOK ADVATAGE OF HIS POWER… CAUSE HALF THOSE CARDS I DIDN’T SEE A YELLOW…AND SEVILLA WAS PLAYING WORST AND THEY DIDN’T GET ANY YELLOWS… UGH … IT REALLY REALLY PISSED ME OFF!!!!

    • Ange permalink
      December 20, 2010 20:12

      BTW … I LOVED YOUR POST… LIKE ALWAYS!!! The guys looked great… :)THANK YOU UNA!!!! 😀

  29. Siv permalink
    December 20, 2010 20:36

    “12. Minute 69 – uncalled penalty for action of Escudé on Granero. Error.” Hmm, this IS the part where el pirata was basically manhandled in the penalty area yea? Still annoyed about that, but at least Angel scored!!! Maybe someone should ask Alvaro to verify that Oezil twitter account 😉

    • DebS permalink
      December 21, 2010 06:03

      I’d be surprised if it is his real account. My daughter told me that the green check by a twitter account name means it’s a verified (official) account. But now looking at the people I’m following not all of them have it, like Higuain and Arbeloa confirmed that this is his account.

      hmmm…I’ll ask Arbeloa and see if he’ll confirm one way or the other.

  30. Vigdis permalink
    December 20, 2010 23:06

    Yes I know, but what did he meen with Indio? : p

  31. ulong permalink
    December 21, 2010 01:29

    from what I saw, Palop insulted di Maria first.
    He yelled at him in front of di Maria face! Have you seen Iker do that?
    Such an inappropriate behavior especially from a Captain.
    I think Palop should have been better than that.

  32. Maisoun permalink
    December 21, 2010 02:25

    As a friend of mine so cleverly put it…”The ref must have thought he was giving out Christmas cards, everyone got one!” hahaha

    Ahh its so good to have Sergio back in the ICYMI post isnt it?! Who’s with me??? 😉 but its a shame that upon Sergio’s return, there is no Xabi pose section to make it complete 😦

    I cant stop watching that gif of Arbeloa pulling Sergio’s hair lol he looks like he’s being electrocuted! 😛

    And OH LORD! Front & Back…BLESS YOU UNA!!!! 😉

  33. Gillian permalink
    December 21, 2010 03:07

    Bambi’s gettin’ fiesty! Thanks for the recap!

  34. December 21, 2010 03:47

    Agustín Herrerín falling to the ground? Hahahaha, didn’t you see that it was your own Silvino de Almeida Louro the goalkeeping coach who pushed him??? This is the style that Mourinho has brought to Madrid, the bullying tactics, the big mouth, provoking, no manners, no respect what so ever to the rivals, the press, the referees and even to his own players (the young ones only though, like Pedro leon and Canales).

    Did you read those alleged 13 big errors list? “Number 9 Minute 45 – only allowed one minute of extra time, when there had been more time lost.” hahahaha, is that a big mistake, really? If Madrid had 13 points to cry about, how about Valencia, Espanyol, Murcia? Please!

    There was only one big mistake, the penalty, I’ll give you that, the rest were normal situations that happen every game. I should remind you Dimaria sliding in the area pretending it was a penalty (should be yellow card) or later on pretending to be punched by a Sevilla player (another yellow card, plus the one he had already Dimaria shouldn’t had finish this game)

    What is happening to Real Madrid that is not playing as a team with 4 world champions, 2 players of the world and a “The special one” coach with 2 champions league should???

    Don’t you think that this ridiculous list of errors is just a smoke screen to cover the fact that Madrid is not playing well?? That the 5-0 against Barcelona still hurts??

    Get a grip. Madrid never was a crying baby as they are since Mourinho landed.

    Well done for the blog, like the Gifs.

    Take care
    Salud!

    • December 21, 2010 10:57

      1. Yes, it was Silvino who accidentally pushed Herrerín. He apologized right after, and Herrerín himself said that Silvino wasn’t to blame. No one tried to hide that. Your point is?

      2. Funny, I can name a couple of Barcelona players to whom your description of “big mouth, provoking, no manners, no respect what so ever (sic)” apply to.

      3. Rest assured, not everyone agrees with The List. Madrid fans are the first ones to admit when their team is not playing well – that’s why they boo, because they expect more from their team – so there’s no need for any kind of smoke screens.

      4. Of course the 5-0 hurt, but it’s not the only game of the season. It’s history, and there’s no use rehashing it. Would you like it if I talked about the 5-0 Madrid win over Barcelona from Oct. 25, 1953? Or going back further, the 5-1 from March 30, 1930?

      Thanks for the compliment though, if you were being sincere!

      • RealLisa permalink
        December 22, 2010 15:38

        And don’t fogret the 11-1 against Barcelona in 1943.

    • Deb permalink
      December 21, 2010 21:08

      no, if you had watched the game you would have realized that these are valid “errors”. Although the extra minute “error” was petty, imo.

      I’m just guessing that you’re a Barca fan, no?

  35. December 21, 2010 12:54

    Of course i was sincere, its a good blog.

    Regarding Silvino pushing Herrerín, my point is that you wrote that Herrerin (a 75 years old man) fell on the floor, when the truth is that he was pushed by a person that is part of Mourinhos own team, that he lost the plot and ,as you mention, he shouldn’t be there in the first place. This highlights once again Mourinho tactics where everything goes.

    Regarding the smoke screen. You are right, “los merengues” know very well that Madrid is not playing as they should, of course they know, and in my opinion they deserve to know WHY. Mourinho should explain what went wrong in Barcelona, what is happening to Benzema, where is Ozil, why is Kadira not playing as he use to play, why a team like Madrid struggles against Murcia, Valencia, Sevilla, why is Granero not playing when Xabi is not in the team. Instead, we get Mourinho crying about reffs and putting bombs in middle of the Santiago Bernabeu with is criticism to Valdano. Mourinho’s lack of self criticism and huge ego is damaging Madrid.

    Is Up to you guys, You can support Mourinhos tactics if you want, but this is not the Real Madrid that we use to know and people admired around the world.

    I would suggest you to read today’s AS editorial, or yesterday Santiago Segurola article in Marca, two newspapers that are not suspicious of being against Madrid.

    Good luck! and keep up the good work!

    • Deb permalink
      December 21, 2010 21:09

      wait, is this Thea from the Kickette blog?

  36. Emme permalink
    December 21, 2010 16:42

    I agree with the other girls that Bambi is getting a little sassy & I think it’s great! That match was just horrendous & that is all I can say. Just grateful for the three points.

  37. Sarah Yasemin permalink
    December 21, 2010 22:13

    I’m reading here for month and I never said how much I love you – I mean fuck, the fashion posts, the in case you missed it – you are just brilliant

  38. Sarah permalink
    December 22, 2010 12:05

    How could you forget Cris being big brother/peacemaker to Angel and Ozil!

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